What you need to know
- Microsoft recently removed Office Lens from the Microsoft Store.
- If you have Office Lens on your PC, several cloud-based services no longer work.
- Office Lens is still available and fully-functional on iOS and Android.
Microsoft recently removed Office Lens for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store. As of January 1, 2021, the document scanning application is no longer available for Windows 10 PCs (via Aggiornamenti Lumia). In addition to removing Office Lens from the Microsoft Store, several cloud-based features for the Windows version of the app have lost support, including saving pictures to OneDrive, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, or as PDFs.
This cutoff date has been known since October 2020 but only occurred recently. Microsoft outlines the changes in a support document:
Without the ability to save pictures to OneDrive, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, or as PDFs, Office Lens for Windows 10 loses the majority of its usefulness. Office Lens might be more natural to use on a mobile device because they have better cameras and are easy to carry around, but some people still used Office Lens on devices like the Surface Pro 7. It's important to highlight that Office Lens for iOS and Android are unaffected by this news and are still available through their respective app stores.
It's also worth noting that there are some other ways to scan and upload documents from a computer, such as using OneNote's camera.
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